Items tagged with Keyboard

Microsoft has a new keyboard and mouse combo out called the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, and they don’t look like your average devices. Instead of a flat keyboard, the device is split into two sections, giving users a domed and angled typing surface. The idea is that the user’s wrists and forearms will be more relaxed and resist pronation; the curvature of the keyboard is designed to follow the curve of your fingertips for a more “natural feel” when typing. The mouse has the same concept in mind, and the circular device had the right and left buttons slid just a bit to the right, with a large contoured thumb rest; there’s also a Windows button that will pull up the... Read more...
One of the world’s premiere PC mouse makers wants you to ditch your mouse. Logitech’s new Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 has a built-in in touchpad that is meant to completely replace your mouse. Keyboard touchpads aren’t new, but the TK820's touchpad is more than a way to move your cursor: it also accepts up to 13 Windows 8 gestures – not to mention the zoom and swipe gestures that you’ve been using on tablets. The keyboard features Logitech’s PerfectStroke technology, which makes for even key depression, even if your finger catches only a portion of the key. It’s an interesting concept, but it seems to us that the audience for this keyboard is limited... Read more...
Gamer peripheral maker Razer is launching a new version of its Orbweaver keypad with quiet keys. Like the original, the Orbweaver Stealth Edition uses mechanical key switches, only now it offers silent tactile feedback. According to Razer, each key has an optimized actuation force of 45g and a reduced actuation distance of 2mm, letting click-happy gamers issue a barrage of commands at a faster rate. The Orbweaver Silent Edition also boasts 20 fully programmable keys and an 8-way directional thumbpad for input. On the comfort side of things, there's an adjustable hand, thumb, and palm rest modules to help reduce hand fatigue during those extended gaming sessions. Other features include a backlit... Read more...
Wearing out the WASD keys on your existing gaming keyboard? Corsair sure hopes so, because it has a new one to sell you. The Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard was unveiled this week, which is built on a rugged, brushed, aluminum chassis. It utilizes Cherry MX Red mechanical switches under every key, a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, 20-key rollover and 1000Hz reporting rate. In other words, it's exactly the kind of keyboard the hardcore gamers would want. The Vengeance K70 gaming keyboards are available in two color schemes: silver aluminum with blue backlighting, and anodized black with deep red backlighting. Overall backlighting can be adjusted to four levels of intensity and each key is individually... Read more...
Logitech has a new line of gaming mice, keyboards, and headsets called the G series, and the company says it poured “endless hours of rigorous research and development” into the devices. The result is redesigns of four mice and two keyboards as well as a pair of new headsets. The mice include the G700s rechargeable gaming mouse ($99); G500s laser gaming mouse ($69.99); and the G400s ($59.99) and G100s ($39.99) optical gaming mice. Features of the mice include 20-million-click lifespans, multiple programmable controls, and a hydrophobic coating on the palm rest and dry-grip sides for better control. Logitech G700s The G19s ($199.99) and G510s ($119.99) keyboards enjoy the same hydrophobic... Read more...
Over the last few years, Rosewill has significantly expanded their product offerings. The company used to offer only a few PC-related accessories and cases, but now have everything from high-end power supplies to dedicated RAID enclosures in their product stack, with just about anything else you could imagine in-between. While gallivanting around CES, we had a quick meeting with the folks at Rosewill, just as they began setting up their suite. There weren’t many any new announcements, but we got to see the new Helios RK-9200 dual-LED mechanical keyboard first-hand along with the recently announced Throne full tower, in both white and black.    The Rosewill Helios RK-9200 Dual-LED... Read more...
We had a chance to swing by Roccat’s suite today to see their latest and greatest products including the company’s first mechanical keyboard, a Beta version of Power Grid, and a couple of mouse pads. First, we got to see the Ryos mechanical keyboard series. The Ryos MK keyboard features Cherry switches, 2MB of memory, and a 32-bit ARM Cortex M3 Processor. The Ryos MK is expected to be available in April for $99.99. The Ryos MK Pro also features Cherry switches and 2MB of memory, but this keyboard comes with two 32-bit Cortex processors. The MK Pro version will come with different color options—black, brown, red, and blue. It will also be available in April with a price of $149.99.... Read more...
There was once a time when mechanical keyboards were the exception, not the rule. But as more gamers have started to clamor over them, and more mainstream typists enjoy the feel, it seems as if quite a few more companies are reaching out into the mechanical waters. ROCCAT is debuting its first-ever mechanical keyboard this week, dubbed Ryos. It is the first gaming keyboard ever that features per-key lighting and up to two 32-bit ARM cortex processors. The keyboard can display key functions, macros and even health or mana bars thanks to this technology. The included SDK makes what's possible limited only by the player's imagination, and players will also find 2MB of internal Flash. Moreover, it... Read more...
What we have on tap for you today is the Rosewill 9100BR. It's not as flashy as some of the other mechanicals on the market, but it gets the job done with style. So how nice is this Rosewill 9100BR? Pretty damn sexy. In fact, I'd say it hits the Goldilocks zone perfectly. If the Gigabyte Osmium's keys were a bit too light for your taste, but ALPS switches and Cherry Blacks came off too hard, then Cherry Brown key switches are damn near perfect... Keyboard Bliss: Rosewill 9100BR Hits The Mark... Read more...
I have a confession to make: I'm an addict -- and it's 100% Marco's fault. 12 months ago, I was perilously tight on funds and short on keyboards. More precisely, I was short on keyboards that weren't $5 bargain-basement pieces of junk. While I keep plenty of those on hand for testing various system builds, I prefer something with a little more heft for personal daily use. I asked Dave if he had any keyboards handy. Dave said to ask Marco. So I did.  The face of evil "Well," said Marco, his black eyes gleaming, "It just so happens that I do have some mechanical keyboards I'm not using at the moment. Have you ever used ALPS key switches?" "No," I said, feeling foolish. "I mean, I know a lot... Read more...
There's no shortage of peripherals for Mac users these days, and Logitech certainly has a history of producing a good amount of them. Now, the company has introduced a new Bluetooth "Easy-Switch" keyboard as well as a Wireless Rechargeable Trackpad. The Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard features Logitech Easy-Switch technology – similar to the Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 – so you can easily go from typing an e-mail on your Mac to taking notes on your iPad to replying to a text on your iPhone, by simply pressing a button. In addition, the Logitech Rechargeable Trackpad gives you the full set of Mac OS multi-touch gestures on a smooth glass surface. If you've... Read more...
Need some new keys this winter? Don't worry, ROCCAT has you covered -- if you love wild, colorful gaming keyboards, anyway. The company has just introduced the ROCCAT Isku FX, a new gaming 'board that automatically tweaks lighting depending on in-game actions. The Isku FX features off-white UV-coated keys and your choice of backlighting in 16.8 million colors and 6 adjustable brightness levels. How's that for lighting up a LAN party? The Talk FX technology adjusts the lighting of your Isku FX and ROCCAT mouse in sync with in-game actions. The mouse and keyboard flash in white whenever a new round starts. If your tank gets attacked by an enemy, both devices start to flash in red. According to... Read more...
After 25 years of typing on keyboards, I've field-tested everything from IBM's legendary Mode M to the sort of $4.99 specials that were, as far as I could tell, constructed from styrofoam, packing peanuts, and pocket lint. About a year ago, I made the jump to a pair of mechanical keyboards and haven't looked back. The mechanical board on the table today is Gigabyte's Aivia Osmium, and it's an impressive beauty. The Osmium includes a USB 2 port, USB 3 port, headphone/microphone jacks, five macro keys, five profile settings, a double-set of stands to adjust the keyboard's height, and independent wheels for controlling the backlight and audio... Gigabyte Osmium Keyboard: Great Design, Poor Accuracy... Read more...
After 25 years of typing on keyboards, I've field-tested everything from IBM's legendary Mode M to the sort of $4.99 specials that were, as far as I could tell, constructed from styrofoam, packing peanuts, and pocket lint. About a year ago, I made the jump to a pair of mechanical keyboards and haven't looked back since. Marco wrote an excellent explanation on the various types of keyboard switches and capabilities that I'd recommend reading for more background info. The board on the table today is Gigabyte's Aivia Osmium, and it's an impressive beauty. The Osmium includes a USB 2 port, USB 3 port, headphone/microphone jacks, five macro keys, five profile settings, a double-set of stands to adjust... Read more...
Although Nvidia's Tegra 3 has been taking tablets and smartphones by storm, there are other noteworthy mobile processors out there, including Qualcomm's dual-core, 1.5GHz 8060A. The Snapdragon S4 SoC appears in the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. That's not a bad setup for a tablet, particularly if you're shopping on a tighter budget. Lenovo took a different approach with the IdeaTab S2110’s display than we usually see. Whereas other tablet makers are gunning for the highest resolution displays, Lenovo opted for a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and a 16:10 ratio. That means 1080p is out of the question, but the screen... Read more...
Although Nvidia's Tegra 3 has been taking tablets and smartphones by storm, there are other noteworthy mobile processors out there, including Qualcomm's dual-core, 1.5GHz 8060A. The Snapdragon S4 SoC appears in the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, which is a 10.1-inch tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0. That's not a bad setup for a tablet, particularly if you're shopping on a tighter budget. Lenovo took a different approach with the IdeaTab S2110’s display than we usually see. Whereas other tablet makers are gunning for the highest resolution displays, Lenovo opted for a 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution and a 16:10 ratio. That means 1080p is out of the question,... Read more...
Logitech expanded its keyboard lineup with the addition of the new Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810. This new keyboard is compatible with Windows, iOS and Android devices and features a layout designed for Windows 8. As you should expect from its name, this keyboard uses Bluetooth to connect to up to three of your favorite devices simultaneously. The K810 features a thin design along with a brushed aluminum finish. The laser-etched backlit keys feature auto-adjusting illumination to ensure they're easy to read both day and night. The K810 automatically turns on the backlighting when your hands approach the keyboard thanks to proximity detection. Logitech has incorporated its keycap... Read more...
Logitech announced the latest addition to its G-Series line in the form of the new Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard features high-speed, low-noise mechanical keys and adjustable dual-zone backlighting. Logitech realizes rapid command entry is important to gamers so the G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features an actuation force of 45g and distance of 4 mm. To reduce noise, each keycap has a built-in dampening ring underneath. To ensure the keyboard can withstand rigorous use, the keyboard has been tested to ensure a durability of at least a 50 million keystrokes. The keyboard is backlit using a white LED light that can be adjusted to four brightness levels. You can... Read more...
Mechanical keyboards have always been a favorite around these parts, and we're always happy to see yet another company getting into the mix. While it's arguably a niche market, with hardcore gamers producing most of the interest, Matias is hoping to garner some mainstream attention by throwing a "world's quietest" tag onto its newest mechanical keyboard. It's the Quiet Pro Keyboard, which is said to be an "ultra-quiet version" of the Tactile Pro. Citing concerns that the Tactile Pro was too noisy for some work environments, this one is said to be "no louder than a regular keyboard." This particular one has been in the works for two years, with an entirely new keyswitch behind the thing. The company... Read more...
A keyboard made specifically for an operating system? Yeah, that's a thing now. Microsoft has just unveiled the new Sculpt Comfort Keyboard, a new typing apparatus designed with Windows 8 in mind. It's an ergonomic board that's sleek and subtle, with a litany of Windows 8-specific hot keys. However, the most prominent feature has to be the newfangled space bar. It's the first desktop keyboard to offer a split backspace-spacebar key. According to MS, it's research showed that "90 percent of typists use only their right thumb to press the spacebar, leaving a lot of unused real estate on the left side of the bar," and that the backspace key is the third most pressed key on the keyboard - behind... Read more...
The iPad may not be a full-fledged computer, but leave it to Logitech to try and bring it closer to being one. The company has just introduced the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for the iPad. It's a clip-on unit that attaches to the side of one's iPad, and in addition to adding a full QWERTY keyboard, it also includes a battery that could last for up to half a year. Half a year! That's based on using it for two hours a day, so heavier users will obviously need to charge up more often. It's available now for pre-order at $100, but if you're waiting to see if an iPad Mini hits before the end of the year, you may want to hang tight here as well.... Read more...
If you've ever spilled your drink on your keyboard, you know what a pain it can be to try to clean things up and make sure the keyboard doesn't get sticky (that is, assuming the keyboard survives the spill). Logitech's newest keyboard is ready for mishaps such as this. The new Washable Keyboard K310 is designed to withstand everything from a light dusting to a rinse in the kitchen sink. With the exception of the USB cable, the keyboard can be submerged in up to 11 inches of water. The keyboard has drainage holes in the back to help it dry. The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 will cost $39.99. Logitech Unveils Washable, Ultra-Durable Keyboard Spills and Dust Are No Match for New Logitech Washable... Read more...
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